Sensing the Troubles is compiling a history of Northern Ireland’s Troubles using fragments of memories rooted in the senses. By paying attention to sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, we can move beyond well-known political narratives and remember stories of the everyday as well as the extraordinary.

I wanted to write a different history of the Troubles: one that reflected the experience of living within a conflict and that conveyed the everydayness of it. The focus is sensory history because it is through the senses that we meet with and make meaning of the world around us.

I am collecting fragments – moments and memories – from those who have lived through the Troubles. I am really keen to hear from anyone who would like to add their experiences to the project. I will share some of these stories and memories on this website.

I have been very lucky to get a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and this has allowed to to pursue this project.

Dr Roisín Higgins

I am an Associate Professor in Modern History at Teesside University. My research is on historical memory and the afterlife of significant events.

I enjoy working with the public to expand our historical knowledge. I ran a Heritage Lottery public history project on letters from widows and mothers during the First World War, called Dear Mrs Pennyman. I was also a presenter on RTÉ’s National Treasures , a four-part series which told the history of Ireland using objects brought by members of the public to roadshows in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast.

For more information you can read my staff page at Teesside: https://research.tees.ac.uk/en/persons/roisin-higgins